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Libya in The News (and The Daily Media Review): Thurs, 26.05.11


The Independent has an excellent article with the original Libyan Prime Minister Letter of Reconciliation sent to the Anglo-French Libyan Occupation Forces (and US), the article and the letter (and a video clip) can be located here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/exclusive-battered-libya-sues-for-peace-2289133.html

Extract from the letter

“We propose that parliament will convene at an extraordinary session to appoint an executive committee which will manage the public affairs and foresee the ceasefire and propose a mechanism for a political dialogue… comprising representatives from all regions and civil society. A committee will be… mandated with drafting a constitution to the Libyan people for adoption which will define the political system in Libya. A process of reconciliation will be initiated which will include amnesty and compensation to all victims of the conflict. We are ready to talk to help mediate a ceasefire and to initiate discussions on the future form of constitutional government… Let us create a road-map to the future. What has occurred in Libya is part of a wider series of events throughout the Arab world. We understand this. We are ready and we know what is required of us.”

Other headlines in the paper discusses the worries of many and the Business Secretary of the new ‘global financial crisis’, as the result of the reiterated forecast by the OECD warning of the harsh public cuts (good news for UK Uncut), and other fast-taken decisions by the coalition (the article can be found here at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/vince-cable-warns-of-second-financial-emergency-2289206.html).

The Guardian has this on Libya, on how the deployment of the Apache Helicopter will go ahead (without the consent and debate within the houses of parliament) the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/25/libya-apache-deployment-britain-role.

But perhaps my favourite from the paper is an article on a British Senior Diplomat, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, and his condemnation of Gen. Petreaus ”Cowboyish-American” approach to dealing with the Talibans ( I have always liken the General to the French Paratrooper General in-charge of the Battle of Algiers; both are led by body-count, not psychological and strategic approach to COIN, hence, as the Diplomat, I myself have always been an admirer of the Genius of Gen. McChrystal, the best damn General US army to have ever produced since Schawschkoff and I forgot the other one, Japanese heritage, if I remember I will make a note). Petreaus did this with Iraq, the brutal Nero-tactics, and he is re-applying on the whole different battlefield, with different cultural framework, and this the diplomat recognise sagaciously. The Link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/afghanistan-tactics-profoundly-wrong-ambassador

Another of The Guardian story is on BBC RADIO 4 TODAY programme, I hope I had something to do with this (ha), with my recent bashing of it’s ‘crappiness’, sort of ‘PR Management’, here is the link (too long and boring article but few good pieces, even though it is a PR article):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/26/behind-scenes-today-radio-4

my fave quote from the article, describing the programme and the presenters, notes how;

”The programme’s structure is too inflexible, people argue; unable to pick up a story and run with it, like more fluid formats. And its presenters, of course, are variously impertinent and aggressive if not downright rude (Humphrys), use 10 words when two would do (James Naughtie), can’t construct an argument (Sarah Montague), or are too lightweight (Davis)”.

The Daily Mail (the Ugly-Paper), has a story on the inside of division on the special relation, as the US disagree with the British Libyan Position;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1390800/Obama-reaffirms-special-relationship-U-S-historic-speech-MPs.html

And Has an excellent one on the Labour and their still unwise attachment to the Lying-Swine Alastair Campbell, as the only donor for the party and this is the headline of the article: ”Labour’s biggest – and almost only – private donor? A Mr Alistair Campbell (so somebody must have bought his books)” (Excellent!!! (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1390991/Labours-biggest-private-donor-A-Mr-Alistair-Campbell.html).

http://rt.com/news/us-partner-libya-policy/ on how US is a ”reluctant partner in Libya”.

Financial Times, has the story on the Billions of Libyan-Assets frozen, and where are they now? (these were banked at Goldmann Sachs, HSBC, Llyods, Swiss, other UK banks etc. ”IS IT THERE MONEY NOW?????”).

NYTimes, has this ”Several lawmakers from both parties on Wednesday accused President Obama of violating the War Powers Resolution by continuing American participation in NATO’s air war in Libya without Congressional authorization” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/world/middleeast/26powers.html?_r=1&hpw)

BUT THE MOST SUPERB PIECE OF AN ARTICLE IS FROM THE WASHINGTON POST, HEADED ”LIBYA GOLD RUSH FOLLOWED END TO SANCTIONS” (A MUST READ: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/libyan-gold-rush-followed-end-to-sanctions/2011/05/25/AGGgbVBH_story.html).

I will stop here.

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